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The PinePhone is a smartphone created by Pine64, capable of running mainline Linux and supported by many partner projects. A "braveheart" edition is currently available for purchase from the PINE64 store, though it should be noted that this version comes without a preinstalled OS, and is geared specifically towards tinkerers and hackers. People looking for a stable consumer-grade phone should wait for the final release, which is expected to occur in March 2020 and will be available for at least five years.


Dimensions: 160.5 x 76.6 x 9.2mm
Weight: Between 180-200 grams
Build: Plastic
SIM Card: Micro-SIM

Size: 5.95 inches (151mm) diagonal
Type: HD IPS capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Resolution: 1440x720, 18:9 ratio

System on Chip: Allwinner A64
Internal Storage: 16GB eMMC, extendable up to 2TB via microSD, supports SDHC and SDXC
Back Camera: Single 5MP, 1/4", LED Flash
Selfie Camera: Single 2MP, f/2.8, 1/5"
Sound: Loudspeaker, 3.5mm jack & mic (jack doubles as hardware UART if killswitch 6 is deactivated)

LTE-FDD: B1/ B2/ B3/ B4/ B5/ B7/ B8/ B12/ B13/ B18/ B19/ B20/ B25/ B26/ B28
LTE-TDD: B38/ B39/ B40/ B41
WCDMA: B1/ B2/ B4/ B5/ B6/ B8/ B19
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, single-band, hotspot
Bluetooth: 4.0, A2DP

Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, ambient light, compass
Killswitches: Modem, Wifi & Bluetooth, Microphone, Cameras
Battery: 2750-3000 mAh Li-Po (replaceable with any Samsung J7 form-factor battery)
I/O: USB Type-C (SlimPort), USB Host, DisplayPort Alternate Mode output, 15W 5V 3A Quick Charge, follows USB PD specification


The PinePhone was announced at FOSDEM 2019, February 2-4, 2019. The first Project Don't be evil devkit was on display at the Pine64 booth during the weekend.

Hardware revisions

The PinePhone platform went through two "developer kit" phases that partner projects used to prove their software on the upcoming platform.

  1. Project Anakin
  2. Project Don't be evil

Additionally, two "early adopter" revisions of the platform were created:

  1. PinePhone 1.0 "Developer"
  2. PinePhone 1.1 "Brave Heart"

The first generally available PinePhone batch was PinePhone 1.1 "Brave Heart". Pre-orders for this batch started on November 15, 2019. It is expected to ship sometime in December 2019 to January 2020.

A "full release" Pinephone, which will likely have board revision 1.2, will be released in 2020.

Killswitch configuration

The PinePhone features six switches that can be used to configure its hardware. They are numbered 1-6, with switch 1 located nearest to the modem. Their on position is toward the top of the phone.

  1. Modem: On enables 2G/3G/4G communication and GNSS hardware, off disables.
  2. WiFi/BT: On enables Wi-Fi and Bluetooth communication hardware, off disables.
  3. Microphone: On enables audio input from on-board microphones (not 3.5mm jack), off disables.
  4. Rear camera: On enables the rear camera, off disables.
  5. Front camera: On enables the front camera, off disables.
  6. Headphone: On enables audio input and output via the 3.5mm audio jack, off switches the jack to hardware UART mode.

Modem and Carrier Support

Carrier Bands PinePhone Support? Notes
USA:Verizon B2, B4, B5, B13, B66 Supported
USA:T-Mobile B2, B4, B5, B12, B66, B71 Supported
USA:Sprint B25, B26, B41 Supported
UK:EE 4G B1, B3, B7, B20 Supported
UK:O2 4G B1, B3, B20, B40 Supported
UK:Three 4G B3, B20, B32 Partial Not B32
UK:Vodafone 4G B7, B20, B32 Partial Not B32
China:China Mobile B38, B39, B40, B41 Supported
Germany:T-Mobile B1, B3, B7, B8, B20, B22, B28, B32, B38 Partial Not B32
Germany:Vodafone B1, B3, B7, B8, B20, B22, B28, B32, B38 Partial Not B32
Germany:O2 B1, B3, B7, B8, B20, B22, B28, B38 Supported
  • Note 1: although reports UK:Three and UK:Vodafone use 1400MHz SDL (Band 32) for LTE, as at November 2019 it is believed this is in theory only and not in practice!
  • Note 2: according to in Germany in 2019, Band 32 is only for one-way data boosting, not meant to be used for cellphones but for Homespots, like Vodafone GigaCube

Software Support

Please see the PinePhoneOS page for details of images available for the PinePhone and how to install them.